Castro Valley High’s Earth Team has partnered with East Bay Regional Parks to protect endangered bird habitats at MLK Shoreline. With the help of some Park Rangers, interns were given access to a large upland region of the park, where they worked to remove invasive species.
After a brief introduction and a guide to identifying the most problematic invasive species in the area, the interns got to work removing the weeds.
A small group attacked a large stand of licorice-scented fennel, while the rest of the team focused on a larger area practically brimming with stinkwort. After only a few minutes, they were able to quickly identify and remove individual plants, clearing a large area near a marsh that serves as a habitat for shorebirds.
Interns saw a lot of wildlife at the park and are excited to return in the spring to try to spot some of the endangered migratory brides that call the park home. More to come from Castro Valley!